Delaware County Suicide Prevention Awareness
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Suicide awareness is the prerequisite for effective suicide prevention. It is the starting point to doing something about suicide and suicide loss. It involves developing and disseminating clear information and do-able recommendations.

The Task Force goal is increased awareness and concern about suicide as a preventable community problem. It will work towards this goal by using available informational and organizational resources where possible and facilitating the creation of new resources where necessary.

The Task Force was established in 2002 by individuals from the county who had lost someone close to suicide and who felt that more should be done to spare others this tragedy and the stigma that accompanies it. In 2003 it was adopted by the Delaware County Medical Society, which had aided it since its inception.

The Task Force exists to meet an unmet need. It will work to meet this need through collaboration and coalition-building. Its driving force is to be no longer needed.

The Task Force is an all volunteer group. Membership, involvement, and participation is open to county residents, community groups, or others with a concern about suicide in Delaware County.

The Task Force appreciates the assistance and support provided by the Delaware County Medical Society and Survivors of Suicide, Inc., and the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office in its formation and operation.